This is a place I can’t believe I’ve never visited! It’s on my FL bucket list now. Its history is brief, but full. Building began in 1821 when Major Charles Wilhelm Bulow “acquired” 4,675 acres of wilderness near the Florida Atlantic coast. He used slave labor to clear at least 2,200 of that and planted, as a good plantation owner should, sugar cane, cotton, rice and indigo. When he died in 1823, his son, John Joachim Bulow, took over and turned it into the largest sugar plantation in the Florida “Territory.” Celebrities like John James Audubon stayed there as guests. By 1836 the place was in ruins after “Seminole” Indians attacked during the second Seminole War, and burned it to the ground. Sadly, John Bulow returned to Paris, where he’d been educated, and died that same year.
|Ruins of the Sugar Mill|
The Sugar Mill was constructed of “coquina” (a type of rock formed from compressed shells found in Florida), as were a lot of the building in St. Augustine.
|Must have been huge|
The plantation offers bird watching, canoeing on the Bulow creek (where sometimes manatees are seen), hiking, picnicking, and primitive camping. It also has an Interpretive Center, exhibits, and original artifacts on display.
|A hiking/biking trail through the FL hammock|
|Not for in the summer! Too hot, but, then again, there's shade.|
The history may not be long, but it’s interesting and the place is stunning. I can’t wait to go on my next trip down.
|The Fairchild Oak has stood for over 400 years.|
|Bulow Creek, great for boating|
Bulow Plantation Ruins State Historical Site and Bulow Creek State Park http://www.abfla.com/parks/BulowPlantation/bulowplantation.html